At Dell World 2013 we are excited to host our 5th annual Dell TechCenter User Group (DTCUG). This main goal for this event is to say thank you to our community for staying engaged and participating. One of the things we hear most from people at conferences is that they wish the sessions provided more real life experiences. So with that in mind we want to give you a chance to hear from IT professionals just like yourself and talk about what they are working on. As you can see from the pictures below, the event we held last year at VMworld was well received and many attendees told us it was refreshing to have real conversations with other engineers. 



This year's event will be held at the Four Seasons from 3pm-4:40pm Wednesday December 11th. The presenters will be:

  • Todd Murihead - New Features in vSphere 5.5 - vFRC and Virtual SAN From a Performance Perspective
  • Shawn Cannon - Quick intro of his company Gladiator and then discuss how they use Dell Blade servers and Dell SonicWall solutions
  • Didier Van Hoye - Demo of ODX, vRSS & Dynamic VMQ with Windows Server 2012 R2 getting the last ounce of performance from Dell hardware without breaking the bank
  • Kirk Jantzer - How they use Dell solutions and then discuss their CloudStack deployment
  • Rod Trent - Using community resources to get the most out of IT support

About the presenters:

Todd MuriheadPerformance Engineer at VMware focusing on storage and Tier-1 applications including Exchange, SQL Server, SAP, Oracle and Oracle RAC. Co-Creator / Maintainer of open source DVD Store benchmark test kit. Todd is also a founding member of Dell TechCenter.. Blogs on &

Shawn Cannon- Shawn is systems administrator, Sr. at Gladiator Technology, A ProfitStars Solution. He manages the virtual infrastructure and well as their SAN storage environment.  Shawn is one of the founding employees of Gladiator Technology.  He blogs on as well as Shawn is a vExpert for 2013 as well as EMC Elect for 2013 and Dell TechCenter Rockstar for 2013.

Didier Van Hoye - Didier Van Hoye has been earning a living in IT since 1996. Currently he’s the Microsoft Infrastructure Architect at the Flemish Geographical Information Agency. In his day job he’s involved with Windows Infrastructures including Exchange Servers, SQL Servers & the System Center Suite. Didier uses Hyper-V, failover clustering, NLB, and Storage Area Networks in creative attempts to give his demanding user base both good & cost effective solutions to sometimes very challenging needs. He’s a Microsoft MVP in the Virtual Machine expertise and a member of the Microsoft Extended Experts Team in Belgium. He also has  keen interest in advising management on the execution of (IT) strategies leveraging his insight intechnology. When he finds the time Van Hoye answers questions on line in the TechNet forums, blogs at & tweets via @workinghardinit. He currently works as a Microsoft Infrastructure Architect, Flemish Geographical Information Agency in Belgium.

Kirk JantzerKirk Jantzer, currently the Site Servers Team Lead at CareerBuilder, has been working with computers for the over 20 years. He has been in IT for the last 10 years, and with CareerBuilder for the last 8 years. His most recent project has been deploying CloudStack in his environment to increase operational efficiency by enabling development teams to build their own production ready servers in less than an hour. You can read about this at his blog, or follow him on twitter

Rod Trent- Rod’s professional focus is evangelizing technical community on the web and in person. As the IT Community Manager for Windows IT Pro and and with more than 25 years of IT experience, he champions the role of IT professionals in the technology industry. His commentaries reflect his many years of analyzing industry trends through the eyes of technical communities he has helped build. His style is direct, and his readership appreciates his unvarnished analysis of the IT industry.

We also like to thank the @SamsungSemiUS team for sponsoring our user group this year. You can find links to the Samsung/Dell page on the right rail as well as talking with them in their booth at Dell World, booth 301G.

After the event we will post the presenters presentations here for your reference.

The event will be held at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Austin on December 11th from 3pm to 4:30pm.